Oklahoma State Sugar Art Show
River Spirit Expo Building, Lower Level
September 27 and 28, 2014 with competitor setup September 26 (no public viewing)
Public Admission Hours
Saturday from 10:00 a.m. to 10:00 p.m.
Sunday from 10:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.
Our 20th birthday came and went, and what a success it was!
Thank you all for your incredible acknowledgement of the show’s landmark anniversary. Surprising me with the presentation of the gorgeous mantle clock was such an unexpected and emotional moment for me because it illustrated that this event has meant as much to each and every one of you as it has to me. My only regret was that Maxine Boyington was not there to see it.
Presentations and Demonstrations are Free to All
The price of general admission to this icon event at $10 is minimal – all visitors can access the show, the exhibition and world-class demonstrations for this tiny cost.
Cake aficionados travel thousands of miles to be a part of this iconic exhibition. It would be fair to say that competitors credit success at this event to be a key that opens doors to television possibilities, presenting, teaching and other exciting avenues that involve the sugar arts.
After the 2014 competition concludes, sugar artists can attend a hands-on class. There has been a resurgence of interest in royal iced piping and this is the love of Ceri Griffiths’ life. Artists must learn over-piping, lacework, and some of the exciting facets of icing art recalling the complex designs of master artist Joseph Lambeth. This workshop will be suitable for all levels. Details will be outlined under the Presenter’s page of this website. Students are assigned class positions on a first come, first served basis, so don’t delay. This class will be very popular. Please download the Oklahoma State Sugar Art Show (OSSAS) entry form for class registration signup and send to Loydene Barrett asap.
Rooms and Accommodations
Stay in our room blocks; everyone is welcome! What better way to relax after a busy day at the show than by staying at our host hotels The DoubleTree, Warren Place or The Wyndham Tulsa? Choose reservations from a lovely portfolio of rooms that have been set aside exclusively for us. Excellent value and good quality accommodations are available to competitors and visitors alike – visit the Accommodations page to facilitate the process – mentioning Oklahoma Sugar Artists to access the show price of $75 for DoubleTree 1- 4 in a room; and $78 plus breakfast at The Wyndham Tulsa, 1- 4 in a room with fully cooked breakfast.
My sponsors, both new and long term, are such an important and integral part of this success and I thank them all most sincerely for their fabulous support and for being an important part of this ongoing dream. This event amplifies opportunities to support and promote a sponsor’s products while showcasing their latest lines, also reinforcing those that are time-tested and keeping eyes on the lookout for the new and original. Creative and clever competitors innovate challenging showstoppers that in turn inspire the collective imagination of receptive manufacturers.
Serious Security Issues
CAKE SECURITY is a key issue when cakes are on display. Recently we had some inexcusable damage to some of the entries at the 2012 show. It was apparent that artists were frozen in place rather than reacting. Direction given to me by Tulsa State Fair Management (who were extremely angry over this act of vandalism) is: Competitors should all be their own watch dogs and if anyone is seen touching, damaging or stealing property, first yell out loud and clear to bring public attention to the alert fair personnel. There is a complete security department at the fair but neither they nor the volunteers have eyes in the backs of their heads. Be aware, be on guard, and know they have your backs!
Competitors’ Message, News, and Rule Updates for 2014
For those who do not qualify or choose not to compete in the GRAND NATIONAL WEDDING CAKE COMPETITION, join us for the companion competition which offers a full program of exceptional divisions for displaying celebration and special occasion cakes, memorable techniques and creative innovations threaded throughout the exhibit. Those competing in the Grand National Wedding Cake Competition can also compete in OSSAS divisions starting from semiprofessional and above (not below). Competitors should try to inspire, celebrate cake, share, and be educated. As indicated in the rules, there are two distinct shows under the one umbrella – read both sets thoroughly for additional information.
1. No commercial flowers may be used on any competition piece — automatic point deduction.
2. No non-edible jewelry — automatic points deduction.
3. No cake parts or cakes from PREVIOUS wedding cake competition may be reentered in the companion event the following year.
4. Competitors who have either won or placed (Grand, First, Second or Third) in the Wedding Cake Competition will automatically be considered MASTER level decorators.
5. WEDDING COMPETITION exhibits may not have been in competition before or have been seen at the ICES convention — the work must be new and fresh and we hope will express new techniques and invention. If a cake is discovered to be a redo or decorative elements used from a previous competition showpiece, that entry will be disqualified. If contestants have an issue with a reconstructed entry, it is too late to report the matter once the show is over. The show director needs to be told of the issue immediately and the complainant needs to be very sure of their ground. Do not accuse unless you can prove.
6. Responsibility: Contestants must double check that all ingredients used to decorate the cakes are acceptable under the USA FDA food and health requirements. No powdered plastic or glass products can ever be used on the cake surface or decorations on a cake. Please bring documentation or contact the Show Director ahead of time to check if there is a question about any product application. Check the ingredient list on the containers.
7. Visitors, brides, sugar artists/cake decorators, food service professionals and the general public are welcome to attend the daily fair. General admission is all that is necessary to participate at the sugar art show. The demonstration seating is first come, first served.
8. If you enter the show and end up not producing a competition piece (for whatever reason) or are late and miss the setup deadline in whatever division or category that you have anticipated entering, you will automatically be disqualified from participating and no ribbon or prize will be awarded, nor will there be a refund of entry fees.
9. Do not use a glue gun under any circumstances; it is toxic and it is NOT edible for any artwork.
10. Ornaments and metal fittings covered with icing must not be used.
11. Cake boards must be iced or decorated and edged with accenting or contrasting tape or ribbon. No exposed florist foil, please!
12. Please check to see that cakes are level and stacked evenly; use a spirit level and stand back to view to be accurate. Quite a few entries were off-center in 2011 and 2012; photographs clearly show the discrepancy. Check your professional picture if you had one taken.
13. Photographic sitting fee will include postage. The fee is $42 per sitting, plus $6.50 for the postage and insurance, bringing the total sitting fee to $48.50 – too many portraits are not being picked up or are not being claimed.
14. Entry fees are not transferable for any reason or refundable.
15. Bird feathers of any kind ARE BANNED!
16. Disco Dust may only be used on removable decorative items.
17. No coffee filter decorations or edible rice paper is approved.
Conducted by Celebrity Cake Art Stars:
Shayne Greenman, Australia and Ceri D. D. Griffiths, United Kingdom
Please click on the Daily Schedule tab for information and hours. These updates will be posted in June!
Our achievements over this past twenty-one years are unparalleled while the event has taken on a personality of its own. So, come along, enjoy, be a part of it!
Loydene Barrett has made many selfless contributions for the success of this event, even denying her personal artistic direction in the best interests of others. It must be mentioned that her professionalism and devotion to the show often goes above and beyond on so many occasions and she unselfishly puts the aspirations of others before her own.
Grace McMillan, ever gracious, produces and updates our stunning web site each year, which reaches millions worldwide. We are very grateful for her expertise and professionalism.
I am your personal guide for all aspects of the sugar art show. Please contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org with any questions that you might have.
P.S. Tune in to Food Network TV on March 19, 2014 at 8:00 p.m. Eastern (7:00 p.m. CST) for the premiere of my latest show, Save My Bakery! I would love to have your support.